Our primary operation is distributing food from our warehouse to help feed people through a network of agency partners, including other nonprofits, social service groups, churches, soup kitchens, and shelters. Agency partners serve as the “arms” for Second Harvest, receiving food bank-provided food for their pantries and distributing it to the community at no cost to our neighbors.

How does it work?

A hunger-free Florida Big Bend.

New pantries are added based on the identified needs in an area and must be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) with a letter of determination, as recognized by the IRS, or exempt as a church. Each food pantry partner must have a person trained in food safety from a food safety training course approved by Second Harvest of the Big Bend.

Each pantry sets its food distribution dates and hours of operation. Pantries distribute products consistent with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

What are the benefits?

Through our agency partners, we empower communities to combat hunger in their own backyards. These local pantries offer a sustainable source of nutritious food for food-insecure individuals and families, allowing them to free up finances that would otherwise be spent on groceries to use for other essentials like rent, utilities, transportation, and medication.

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